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Avon to host custom bench project to benefit nonprofits

Benches of Avon project is similar to last year’s playhouse project

Here's a bench designed for the Idaho Falls Arts – Art You Can Sit On event. The bench is designed by Al Lure and Jason Brown.
Nelson Sibulo | Idaho Fall Arts Council

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Sponsorships are still available for this year’s “Benches of Avon” project. To learn more, email Vail Daily Advertising Director Holli Snyder, hsnyder@vaildaily.com.

AVON — A number of local nonprofit groups are going to bring their best bench game to beautify the streets of Avon.

This year’s “Benches of Avon” project is similar to last year’s playhouse project: Each participating nonprofit group will build a bench that represents what they do for the community.

Participants in the playhouse project built wildly imaginative structures that were then auctioned off to benefit Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley, the Vail Board of Realtors Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Kids explore the pint-sized village placed at Nottingham Park for last summer’s town of Avon’s Playhouse Project. Proceeds from the auctioned playhouses went to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley and the Vail Board of Realtors Foundation.
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The project raised about $30,000 for those charities.

Vail Daily Advertising Director Holli Snyder said this year’s participants will keep their benches, then do what they please with them after the benches have been on display in Avon’s Possibility Plaza for six weeks. Benches will be located along the walking path there, and people will be invited to send the Vail Daily photos of their favorite benches.

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Projects such as Benches of Avon are “an out of the box way to raise money for nonprofits,” Snyder said. 

This year, nonprofits will be given $750 for each bench. Sponsors will receive recognition, both on the benches and with other attention the project attracts.

The local nonprofit groups creating benches are:

• Crawling to a Cure

• Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

• Starting Hearts

• Eagle River Youth Coalition

• Walking Mountains Science Center

• Speak Up Reach Out

• Vail Jazz Foundation

• Small Champions

• Vail Breast Cancer Awareness

• The Literacy Project

• Mountain Valley Horse Rescue

• SOS Outreach

• Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance

“The cool part of this is every bench comes back (looking great),” Snyder said. “It’s always so cool, and people love them.”

The Benches of Avon project runs from June 3 — July 21. To learn more, contact Snyder, hsnyder@vaildaily.com or Colorado Mountain News Media’s Krista DeHerrera, KDeHerrera@cmnm.org.

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